Glazed Loin of Bacon: Neven's Kilkenny Christmas


Serves: 6


  •  800g-900g loin of bacon or ham joint
  •  4 celery sticks, roughly chopped
  •  2 onions, sliced
  •  1 bunch of fresh thyme
  •  1tbsp black peppercorns


  •  200ml Highbank Orchard Syrup
  •  2 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  •  1 tbsp All Spice
  •  2 Star Anise
  •  50ml Honey
  •  1 tbsp Red Currant Jelly
  •  2-3 tbsp cloves


  1. Place the loin of bacon in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Add in the celery, onions, thyme & black peppercorns.
  2. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 20 minutes per 450g. This can be cooked a day in advance and allowed to cool and store in the fridge. 
  3. Preheat the oven to 170°C (340°F/gas mark 3). Carefully peel away the skin, leaving the layer of white fat intact. Using a sharp knife, score the fat diagonally to make a diamond pattern, being careful not to cut into the meat. Stud the diagonal with cloves.
  4. Place all the ingredients into a high sided saucepan. Bring to the boil and allow to boil for 5-6 minutes until reduced to a syrup consistency. If the syrup is too thick, add a tablespoon of water.
  5. Transfer to a jar and allow to cool. Use as required. Brush a layer of the syrup all over the bacon loin, reserving the remainder. Cook for 30-40 minutes, brushing over another layer of the glaze every 15 minutes until it’s all gone.
  6. Remove the cooked bacon loin from the oven, transfer to a serving platter and leave to rest for 15 minutes.